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DATE=8/17/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=NORTH KOREA COVERAGE / REUNIONS L-ONLY
NUMBER=2-265580
BYLINE=ALISHA RYU
DATELINE=HONG KONG
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  South Korea's Unification ministry says North 
Korean broadcasters have provided unusually in-depth 
coverage of this week's reunions of families separated 
since the Korean War.  VOA's Alisha Ryu has the 
details from our Asia News Center.
TEXT:  The Unification ministry, which is monitoring 
broadcasts of North Korea's coverage of the reunions, 
says the communist North's coverage has been accurate 
and surprisingly open.  
Unification officials say North Korea's two major 
radio stations ran extensive broadcasts of the tearful 
reunions that took place this week in Seoul and 
Pyongyang.  The officials say commentators for the 
state-run North Korean Central Broadcasting Station 
were effusive in their descriptions of the reunions, 
calling the meetings important steps in relieving the 
pain of national division.
But ministry officials say the North Korean broadcasts 
were not completely devoid of propaganda.  The 
broadcasts reportedly emphasized that South Korean 
families expressed heartfelt gratitude to North Korean 
leader Kim Jong Il for arranging the meetings.
The family reunions brought 100 South Koreans to the 
North and 100 North Koreans South to visit family for 
the first time since war tore them apart 50 years ago. 
The visits were arranged as part of a reconciliation 
agreement struck between North Korean Leader Kim Jong 
Il and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung during 
their landmark June summit in Pyongyang.
South and North Korea are, technically, still at war 
since the Korean War ended without a peace treaty in 
1953. (Signed)
NEB/HK/AR/JO/KL
17-Aug-2000 07:18 AM EDT (17-Aug-2000 1118 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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